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JUST COOK is a programme developed by the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation to help deliver the message and show families that home-cooked meals can be cheap, quick and enjoyed by the whole family.

As our lives get busier and increase in pressure on the food budget, families may struggle to eat healthy home-cooked meals.

Families may struggle for ideas and are keen to try something new, but only if they knew these new recipe ideas or food wouldn't be wasted. In other words, would the kids eat it?

How is Just Cook changing New Zealand families relationship with food?

  • Making it fun for youth to cook by running the 'Create a Family Meal' challenge.
  • My Food My Future is an Interactive Teaching Module designed for the Science Curriculum for Years 7-11. An application and web-based research tools are used as a fun and engaging way for students to explore food choices, budgeting and shopping for meals. This resource was completed in partnership with The University of Auckland‘s Liggins Institute and National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI).
  • We support local communities through JUST COOK Community kits programme to help support nutrition or cooking programmes events that promote and develop home cooking skills by providing resources (i.e. recipes, grocery vouchers).
  • Tika Tunu is a practical, fun, interactive programme that focuses on making healthy, affordable food choices, improving skills, motivation and confidence and family participation in cooking. This programme can also provide a pathway to future development/ employment through offering Unit Standard 167 (Food Safety Certificate)
  • JUST COOK 4 Healthy Ageing is a four-week programme aimed at building cooking skills, food and nutrition confidence and addressing social isolation among older people.

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